Most water birds seemed to be tucked up behind the islands today, sheltering from the strong winds, so I was surprised on entering Denge Marsh hide at dusk to see a flock of about 40 coots bobbing up and down just a few yards away. Three smew, 10 goldeneyes and a kingfisher were seen at the ARC site early in the day.
We knew it hadn't really gone! After disappearing for a month the penduline tit was spotted again yesterday, to the left of the Hanson-ARC hide.
Today's highlights have mostly been provided by waterbirds as would be expected at this time of year. Three Bewick's swans were on the ARC pit again along with a few goldeneyes. A bittern and the two great white egrets were also seen at the ARC site and a white-fronted goose was on Denge Marsh. A short-eared owl was again seen near the access track.
Our optics demo continues tomorrow so why not come along and have a browse?
There's still plenty to see around the reserve, with long-tailed duck, smew, great white egret, glossy ibis and bittern all present today. Passerines were a bit harder to connect with due to the strong wind but a couple of goldcrests were seen in the shelter of the willow trail and tree sparrows continued to flock in good numbers around the feeders at Boulderwall Farm.